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drolmaeye

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I just started building Tamiya's 1/48 A6M3/3a Zero (61108).  I've got my cockpit green sprayed down as a base on all the relevant parts and now I need to come back and do the detail painting and, it turns out, decals.  There are several decals of small instrument clusters (anywhere from two to six dials in a cluster) that need to go down.

What's the best way to move forward with these?  Should I just gloss (future) the whole instrument panel, decal, and then come back with matte finish (worried it might look different from other parts that never get a clear coat)?  Or brush future into the recesses that the decal will fit into?  Or can I just put the decals on as-is without worrying about silvering or poor adhesion?

Alright, post was too long about a paragraph ago.  Any advice or even pointing to one of Bobby's how-to videos that covers this would be great, thanks.

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TBH I usually paint and dry brush the IP, then add a drop of gloss to the dials.
Using the decals requires the panel glossed, then your fav solution and carefully line up the decal. Being Tamiya it is likely you will need oodles of setting solution for them to bed down. Flat coat, then a drop of gloss to the dials. Aidan

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TBH I usually paint and dry brush the IP, then add a drop of gloss to the dials.
Using the decals requires the panel glossed, then your fav solution and carefully line up the decal. Being Tamiya it is likely you will need oodles of setting solution for them to bed down. Flat coat, then a drop of gloss to the dials. Aidan


Excellent, I'll do as you suggest.  I jumped ahead and put the gloss coat on last night, so I'll try to get the decals down tonight and, assuming they look good, I'll put a drop of gloss on top tomorrow.

Thanks again . . . I'll give a postmortem.

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